Both the penalty and its ensuing fine were met with near-universal criticism last month; the penalty stalled a critical drive in overtime and knocked Buffalo out of field goal range. Once the original fine was announced, fans started a GoFundMe campaign to help Ford pay the amount, raising $3,870 -- which Ford said was donated to charity.
Thank You Bills Fans...the money you guys raised through the go fund me for my fine was donated to charity....My fine was reduced to just over 4K...I still believe I did nothing wrong on that play #BillsMafia— Cody Ford ✞ (@Cody_Ford74) February 20, 2020
The call was widely panned because the hit seemed tame by NFL standards; Ford did not launch into Martin, whose body appeared to be facing Ford's direction at the time of the impact. However, Ford was coming back toward the line of scrimmage and initiated contact with his shoulder, drawing the penalty.
On third-and-9 in overtime against Houston on Jan. 4, Bills quarterback Josh Allen scrambled 4 yards to the Texans' 38-yard line to bring up fourth down -- which became third-and-24 after the 15-yard penalty on Ford. Buffalo failed to convert from there, punted and ultimately lost on a game-winning Texans field goal.
Per source, Bills OL Cody Ford will appeal the $28,075 fine he received for this hit pic.twitter.com/oae5DnIP1O— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) January 11, 2020
A second-round pick out of Oklahoma, Ford started 15 games at right tackle in 2019. In his tweet announcing the fine reduction Thursday, he reiterated that he disagrees with the penalty.